Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely. The ideal client is someone who is ready to take action. I work with clients who are prepared to put in the time and effort to make positive changes in their life.
Yes. These services are not suitable for individuals under the age of 18. These services are also not suitable for individuals looking for a diagnosis, prescription medications or having thoughts/plans of suicide.
Each session is conducted via video or phone for 50 minutes. We will kick off our sessions with an initial discovery session where we discuss your concerns and goals. Homework is often provided at the end of our sessions. For each session thereafter, we will spend the first 5 minutes reviewing your homework (what went well, what went poorly). Therefore, homework is expected to be completed as accurately as possible since your gains and next steps will depend on it. We will then focus on an important topic for the next 30-40 minutes of the session. We will end the session with a brief summary of what we discussed and set homework for the week.
Each session will be conducted online through a program called Jane App. This program is HIPPA, PHIPA, and PIPEDA compliant to ensure confidentiality and protection of your private information. Before your first session, you will receive a link via email to access our sessions moving forward.
If you are unsure what you are struggling with, I recommend taking the Free Mental Health Assessment. If you are struggling with choosing between approaches, I recommend you schedule a 15-minute consultation and we can figure out the perfect support for you.
Mental health coaching:
- Is a new field developing over the course of Co-vid.
- That views concerns as disorganization due to a lack of goals and coping tools.
- Takes an action-oriented holistic approach to provide intervention. That means a mental health coach will look at all areas of your life causing concern or being impacted by your concern (ex. relationships, career, finances etc).
- Focuses on the present moment and future goals rather than delving into the past.
- Uses a short-term approach that establishes goals and provides tools for those struggling with conditions such as stress, anxiety and depression.
- A mental health coach does not diagnose, label or prescribe medications.
- Coaching is unregulated and has no licensing body
Mental health counselling:
- Typically views mental health as an illness needing treatment.
- Professionals who have undergone years of clinical training and sought qualifications to assess and treat mental health disorders.
- These professionals are also trained to address non-diagnosis concerns like stress, relationships, parenting etc.
- Focus may be on the present moment or look into the past to discover the origin of a concern and additional experiences maintaining that concern.
- Counselling may also take a client-centered approach that allows clients to direct the focus of their sessions which may result in unpacking many additional concerns.
- Depending on the complexity of the presenting concern and unpacked/discovered concerns, sessions with a counsellor can last for 6 months or more.
- Counsellors are regulated and require certification with regulating bodies.
I am first and foremost a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) who is regulated by the Canadian Counselling Psychological Association (CCPA). The CCPA provides a national designation that evaluates and identifies Master and Doctoral level graduates as qualified to provide counselling services across Canada.
However, provinces are now in the works of developing their own independent licensing processes. Although, my additional training in life coaching allows me to continue offering my services across Canada. I now combine my training and expertise in counselling with the future and goal oriented approach of coaching to help you get the results you want, fast!
My CCC title is recognized by insurers like Blue Cross, Equitable Life, Sunlife, Manulife, and Green Shield to name a few. However, coverage is dependent on your specific plan and whether you have counselling services selected. It is always wise to check with your insurer to make sure counselling services are reimbursable for you. If counselling services are not selected or your insurer does not cover certified counsellors, you can opt for a Health Spending Account to cover session fees.